Live & Local

Live & Local is a not-for-profit arts organisation working with a
network of voluntary groups across Derbyshire, Staffordshire,
Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and

 Leicestershire. We provide a range of support for arts activities that
keep people in touch with their communities and enhance their quality of

The Kirk Langley Village Hall Committee is proud to be a Live and Local promoter on behalf of the Kirk Langley community and we hope you will be able to come along and enjoy the wonderfully diverse and exciting acts that are on offer. For more information and details of other shows in the region go to their website

The Pilgrim--Silent Film, Song and Story

Sunday 24th March -7:30 p.m.                      

Tickets £9 (full price), £8 (60 and over), £6 (16 and under)

'Great old-time music! A force to be reckoned with.' Maverick Magazine

Kate Lissauer: fiddle, vocals, banjo
John Whelan: banjo
Jason Titley: guitar

This wonderfully warm homage to the black and white Oscar-winning Hollywood Western movies of pioneering director Frank Borzage features live performance of old-time scores to silent films by a trio of masters of American country music.

Beginning his career as a successful and sought-after actor, Frank Borzage started directing short films in 1915, and won the first ever 'Academy Award for Directing' in 1927, for Seventh Heaven. Famed for his focus on the emotional and sensual elements of stories, Borzage was a true Hollywood maverick. Rejecting conventions, he offered an insight into the lives of early settlers in such a way that gives modern audiences a refreshing new-look at a long established film tradi

Two of Borzage's earliest short films are screened here with live musical accompaniment from leading lights of old-time American country music Kate Lissauer, John Whelan and Jason Titley.

Together they perform a new live score of original compositions and arrangements of traditional material to 'The Pitch O'Chance' (1915) and 'The Pilgrim' (1916). These films offer an absorbing and poignant glimpse of a bygone time, and of the creative forces that shaped the film making industry.

One of the best exponents of American old-time music, Kate Lissauer was banjo before banjo was cool. In addition to being an artist of clawhammer and finger-pickingbanjo styles, Kate is an award-winning Appalachian fiddle player, guitarist and singer. She plays the old songs and tunes from the roots of US music and the early days of country string bands, as well as a composing her own music inspired by the sound and feel of old-time country. Since moving to England from her home state of Maryland, United States, Kate has become a luminary in the country and bluegrass scene in the UK, and serves as leader of the Buffalo Gals Old-Time Country String Band and the percussive dance company Buffalo Gals Stampede. John Whelan is a captivating old time banjo picker with a distinguished brand of two and three-finger picking. A superb bluegrass guitarist, Jason Titley's flair for improvisation and deep understanding of rhythm always makes his playing spontaneous and exciting.


Our previous show:

4SQUARE, Thursday 11th October

Nicola Lyons: fiddle, vocals, clog dance; Jim Molyneux: piano, accordion, vocals ; Michael Giverin: mandolin, guitar; Dan Day: percussion, vocals. 

This evening saw some of the finest, most exciting and entertaining folk and acoustic music featuring four virtuoso musicians at the top of their game, exquisite, 'sublimely wistful' (Living Tradition) three-part harmonies, the spectacle of simultaneous fiddle playing and clog dancing, enthralling and endlessly inventive arrangements, and plenty of audience interaction.

'4Square are amazing... based on the range of music they tap into: traditional folk, clog dancing, their own compositions, and influences ranging from jazz to Cuban rhythms.' BBC Radio 2 'Folk Show'
'Simply stunning.' John Tams
'Oustanding musicianship, total assurance, abundant energy and exceeding confidence... dripping in very obvious talent.' NetRhythms

Previous shows:

December 2010 - Helen Barrett
March 2011 - The Old
Dance School
 December 2011, The Buried Moon
March 2012 - Spaghetti Swing
May 2012 - Kel Elliott
November 2012 - Fairgame Theatre-Hansel and Gretel
April 2013 - Hot Fingers in Concert with 'Spats' Langham
June 2013 - Ashley Hutchings and the Rainbow Chasers
October 2013  - Juliet Kelly, Celebrating the Divas of Jazz
February 2014 - The Churchfitters
March 2014 - A Thousand Kisses Deep with Christine Tobin
May 2014 - A Night at the Movies and More with Fordante
October 2014 - The Urban Folk Quartet
January 2015 - Heads South In Concert
March 2015 - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
May 2015 - Blair Dunlop in Concert
October 2015 - Graffiti Classics
February 2016 - The After Hours Quintet
April 2016 - The Remi Harris Project
October 2016 - The Opera Dudes - Mission Improbable
February 2917 - Kel Elliott - Truth and Tall Tales
April 2017 - The Oxford Concert Party
October 2017 - Team Viking
February 2018 -
Tim Kliphuis Trio Goes Grappelli
May 2018 - Zoe Gilby Quartet